Tour Ronde : N face

Tour Ronde : N face


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Associated waypoints

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  • Swisstopo - 46 - Val de Bagnes
  • Swisstopo - 292 - Courmayeur
  • IGN - 3531ET - St-Gervais les Bains - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • IGN - 3630OT - Chamonix - Massif du Mont Blanc
  • Escursionista - ESC01 - Monte Bianco, Courmayeur



route_types: loop
durations: 1 day(s)
configuration: face

quality: great


D-   2    III    P3 
5.3 / E3
TD+ / S6


elevation min/max : 3371 m / 3792 m

height_diff_up: 550 m

height_diff_difficulties: 350 m

slope: 60°


glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear




Short route, varied, brilliant.


Tour Ronde: N face
Tour Ronde: N face

From Torino hut

Cross the Col des Flambeaux - NW, 3407m – then descend diagonally to the NW under the Aiguilles de Toules and traverse to the foot of the face.

From the Aiguille du Midi

Descend the classic Vallée Blanche via the Col du Gros Rognon, pass under the Pointe Adolphe Rey and so to the foot of the face.


Choose what you think is the best line up the face of snow or ice. The angle is consistently between 45° and 50°, with one pitch of 60° or more. At half way, get past the narrows by going to the right. Go around the final rocks to the left to exit the face onto a thin, combed ridge leading towards the summit. Descend several metres and go around the rocks, on snow on the E side, to reach the summit via some small steps, (mixed, easy, II.)


By the normal route (E face) or the SE ridge, depending upon conditions.


  • Requires a good mental state rather than technical ability. Rock belays at the steepest section.
  • The route is very exposed, so you need to be comfortable climbing on steep snow/ice, especially if moving together on certain sections.
  • If the steep section is ice, (as is often the case in recent years,) then the route is much harder and extra ice screws should be taken, 6 versus 4, so that long pitches can be made to reach more comfortable stances.
  • Also possible with skis, (See French version.)

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.


4-6 ice screws, (min), 2 technical ice axes.


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